Cut to the Brig at Quantico. I love that phrase, "the brig." I might start calling my apartment "the brig," as opposed to what I call it now ("the fortress of solitude," naturally). Kersh knocks on the door of some bigwig, played by William Devane. William Devane looks up from his notes and asks Kersh to take a seat. "Thank you," Kersh says, sitting down. William Devane remarks that they've both got a bit of a problem with this Agent Mulder person. Agent Mulder -- who, may I remind you, is no longer even employed by the FBI, so I don't know why Kersh is even involved. Kersh snarks that Mulder has always been problematic, more or less, but it's never been this serious. Yeah, except for all those other times when he killed a dude. Or disappeared. Or ditched Scully. Or broke into a government building. Or, well, you know, really anything he did over the course of an average week. "I've been asked by a female agent, Mulder's closest associate, to beg mercy of the military court," Kersh grits. "To give Mulder every consideration based on his good character." I'm sorry, I have a really hard time seeing Kersh, of all people, vouching for Mulder's good character. Although I guess Kersh is the person who told him to go on the lam, so...oh, it's too late in the game for that argument. Whatever. Let's wrap some shit up. Let's get some answers! Let's go! William Devane remarks that "this would look bad for the Marines if it didn't look worse for the FBI." Which, as I've already pointed out, no longer employs Mulder. I really don't understand why the FBI doesn't just wash its hands of Mulder, frankly. Of course, when it comes to that, I don't know why they didn't just kill him at Mount Weather and say that he was shot in self-defense. I mean, I know that, for the purposes of the plot, Mulder has to be alive and I certainly don't want him to die, but...well, you know. ["Seriously. What's the point of being a shadow government if you don't just disappear troublemakers without a trace?" -- Wing Chun] William Devane wonders how Mulder plans to plead. Kersh just looks constipated. "You wanted a chance to clear up this mess, Mr. Kersh," William Devane says. "I'm going to give it to you -- give it to the FBI." Kersh shifts in his chair. "How?" he asks. William Devane is arranging a "fair hearing" for Mulder "by his own agency." Kersh looks impassive. "Your prosecutor, your judge, and held in my court," William Devane offers. "That can't be legal," Kersh grumbles. William Devane just shrugs. Kersh wants to know why he's doing this. "I want a verdict. A guilty verdict," William Devane says, pointing out that Mulder has made "a lot of enemies. He's a crusader." And according to William Devane, "A lot of people don't like a crusade." Kersh shakes his head. This totally illegal military tribunal thing makes him very uncomfortable. "You and I both know there are forces inside the government now that a man would be foolish to disobey," William Devane warns him. Kersh looks flustered. The violins swell.
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